BBC Orders Drama 'SS-GB' From Writers of James Bond Films

Neal Purvis and Robert Wade

Based on Len Deighton's alternate history novel of the same name, it is set in a London ‎occupied by the Nazis

The BBC has ordered a drama that imagines a Britain occupied by the Nazis, penned by the writers of the most recent James Bond films based on an alternate history novel.

The U.K. public broadcaster has commissioned ‎SS-GB from Bond writers Robert Wade and Neal Purvis and based on the novel of the same name by Len Deighton. The BBC order is for five hourlong episodes produced by Sid Gentle Films for flagship network BBC One.

At a Wednesday evening event hosted by BBC director general Tony Hall and BBC drama commissioning controller Ben Stephenson for writers, actors, directors and other industry representatives, Stephenson is expected to confirm the project.

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SS-GB is a thriller set in 1940s London under the premise that the Germans won the Battle of Britain and London is under Nazi occupation.

"Archer is a Scotland Yard detective working under the SS facing the dilemma of whether to effectively collaborate or join the resistance," according to a show description. It also says that the drama is "an explosive thriller that will ask: What would you do, faced with stakes as high as this?"

Wade and Purvis wrote the last five Bond films starting with The World Is Not Enough and worked on polishing the screenplay for the most recent Bond film, which is set to start shooting in the coming weeks. "Len Deighton’s SS-GB is a brilliant tale of espionage that dares to think the unthinkable, and we are very excited to be adapting it for television," they said.

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